At AllAboutBikes we have been involved in loads of track days and racing schools over the years. Recently we expanded our track experience by joining Roger Lyle at Summit Point in West Virginia for one of his Xcitement Track days.
The first thing I noticed was the split in the day’s timing of the sessions. Normally people run 20 minute sessions. Roger runs Xcitement Track days with 15 minute sessions and organizes it to ensure that everyone out on the track is of a similar caliber.
Having a very well organized 15 minute session allows for people to be in the right group at the right pace for their experience. First out at Xcitement Track days are Racers, then Advanced, followed by Intermediate, and finally Novice. The racers go out with their full race prepared bikes and the advanced is still a fast bunch. You don’t have the speed differences you might have in a 20 minute intermediate group.
Before getting on the track, the novice group receives class instruction for a while from professional coaches and racers. Using a track directional board the instructors focus on track etiquette, lean angle, body positioning, general track riding techniques, and what they are about to experience. The bikes in the lower groups can have taped lights and indicators with no oil plug wiring needed either. They can even run coolant.
The careful organization of riders at according to experience level also helps prevent people from getting too tired. I have heard on many occasion people saying that the last 5 minutes of a 20 minute session can be especially tiring.
Summit point is not an overly complicated track but it does have one great long start/finish straight. Its 2 miles in length 10 turns and blind elevation changes that until you know your braking markers are quite daunting.
There wasn't a race school running on the weekend we were there, so next year we'll have go to check the school out and report back on that experience. All in all it was a great day and for anyone within a reasonable driving distance should come and try Summit Point Xcitement Track days with Roger Lyle.